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The collections in the Writers Guild Foundation Archive include writers from the dawn of cinema, early radio, the Golden Age of Television, and current writers for film, television, radio and new media. The archival holdings consist mainly of scripts, annotated drafts and production material, but may include oral histories, photographs, correspondence and ephemera. The archive also collects materials from Writers Guild Foundation events and Writers Guild of America West programs, awards and historical records. The Writers Guild Foundation Archive welcomes interest in the collections.  The materials are made available to WGA members, staff, researchers, students and the general public, with some restrictions and conditions. Please contact the archive for more information.

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Writers Guild Foundation Archive
7000 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 782-4623


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Series : The Writer Speaks Description : Jean Butler was an actress and writer who grew up in California. She earned a contract at Paramount when she was still a student at Palo Alto High School, after a scout saw her in a Pasadena Playhouse production of one of her mother's plays. (Jean's mother, Aurania Rouverol, a playwright, introduced the world to Andy Hardy). Jean married Hugo Butler, a fellow writer. When they were blacklisted in 1950, they fled California for Mexico, where they lived in...
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Description : Philip Dunne was a co-founder of the Screen Writers Guild, one of the first entertainment labor unions in Hollywood in the 1930s, and an important part of film history and the film industry in Los Angeles and California. He moved to Hollywood after graduating from Harvard in 1929, and worked steadily for Twentieth Century Fox through the golden days of the studio era in Hollywood. He was the first screenwriter to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His screenplay credits...
Topics: californialightandsound, Dunne, Philip, 1908-1992
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : In part 1, the audio is very low and hiss is high from start to 00:12:32, as on original recording. Part 3 ends abruptly as on original tape. Description : California natives Lawrence Lasker and Walter Parkes wrote the screenplay for WarGames, a 1983 thriller that tapped into America's cold war fears and was a box office hit. Lasker and Parkes earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay and went on to successful careers in producing and writing. Credits they share include...
Topics: californialightandsound, Lasker, Lawrence, Parkes, Walter F.
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Nicholas Meyer's entry into the motion picture industry began as an associate publicist in Paramount Pictures' New York offices. His work as a publicist on the film Love Story (1970) inspired him to write the book The Love Story Story, which allowed him to move to Hollywood to begin a career in screenwriting. Since then he has written several novels and screenplays and worked steadily as a director. He wrote both the novel and film adaptation of Sherlock Holmes story The...
Topics: californialightandsound, Meyer, Nicholas, 1945-
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : In part 1, buzz obscures content from 25:19-29:00 and 43:43-44:54. There are 20 second sections of no content at 00:16:10, and again at 00:24:40 as they pause to play video clips at the event. In part 2 buzz obscures content from 10:22-14:00 and 30:36-32:57. There is a 30 second section of no content at 00:25:16 as they pause to play a clip. In part 3 buzz obscures content from 00:09:37-00:09:41 and 10:39-11:52, then loud buzz continues until the end but content can also be heard....
Topics: californialightandsound, Alda, Alan, 1936-
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : In part 1 there is a gap in program (no content) from 00:24:10 - 00:28:28, as on original tape. In part 3 there is a gap in program (no content) from 00:04:47 - 00:05:55, as on original tape. Description : Comedy legend Carl Reiner is a prolific writer, screenwriter, playwright, director, actor, and producer. After gaining experience in New York City as a writer for television series Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, Reiner moved to California in 1960 to develop The Dick Van Dyke...
Topics: californialightandsound, Reiner, Carl, 1922-
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Joan Tewkesbury program begins at 00:02:23 after the end of a Lewis John Carlino interview. In part 1, there is no content from 00:17:15 - 00:17:40 while they show a movie clip at the event, and there is a buzz on the original tape that obscures content from 00:18:47 - 00:19:49 and 00:28:16 - 00:30:25. Description : Born and raised in Redlands, California, Joan Tewkesbury attended the University of Southern California before starting her career as a dancer. In 1971, she joined Robert...
Topics: californialightandsound, Tewkesbury, Joan
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Some audience questions are inaudible. Description : Carl Foreman was a screenwriter, producer, and victim of the Hollywood Blacklist during the 1950's. After graduating from the University of Illinois he moved to Hollywood where, apart from his time in the United States Army during WWII, he worked steadily as a screenwriter. In 1951, Foreman wrote the script for High Noon, and while the film was in production, was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He admitted...
Topics: californialightandsound, Foreman, Carl
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : After growing up in Australia, Colin Higgins attended Stanford, pursued an acting career and spent some time in the U.S. Army before earning his MFA at UCLA. While in school, he created the characters of Harold and Maude that would go on to become the titular characters in the classic 1971 film. He later wrote and directed the films Foul Play (1978), Nine to Five (1980) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). He died in 1988 of AIDS related illness at age 47 and left...
Topics: californialightandsound, Higgins, Colin
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Repetitive tape speed issue causes blips for a couple minutes beginning at 00:25:10. Description : Larry Gelbart, an award-winning television writer in film and television, created the long-running series, M*A*S*H, which was filmed outside Los Angeles. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1942 when his father became a barber in Beverly Hills. Much of his work has been influenced by his life in California. Gelbart's play, City of Angels, was about Hollywood in the 1940s. Gelbart's...
Topics: californialightandsound, Gelbart, Larry
Source: 1 Tape of 1: ⅛ inch audio cassette
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Note : In part 1, program begins at 00:00:30 after some recording set-up. Description : Waldo Salt was a screenwriter who was a victim of the 1950s Hollywood Blacklist at the height of his career. Graduating from Stanford in 1934, he had a successful career in Hollywood throughout the 1930s and 40s. In 1951, he was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities committee about his ties to the Communist Party. He stood on his First Amendment rights and refused to cooperate. He was...
Topics: californialightandsound, Salt, Waldo
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Frank Pierson was an influential writer/director/producer in the film and television industry in California. He served two terms as president of the Writers Guild of America, West -- one of the oldest entertainment unions in Los Angeles and California. He moved to Hollywood in the 1950s, and worked steadily and lived in California until his death in 2012. He is best known for his seminal award-winning screenplays, Cool Hand Luke and Dog Day Afternoon. This audio-cassette is the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Pierson, Frank R.
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Note : Part 1 begins abruptly; there is no content from 00:15:20 - 00:16:20, and 00:25:30 - 0:25:49 while they show film clips at the event. Description : After earning an MFA from UCLA's film school and a brief stint with Roger Corman's filmmaking company, Bill Kerby was hired as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers. Since then he has written for both film and television on such diverse projects as the films Hooper (1978) and The Rose (1979) and the acclaimed CBS mini-series A Long Way From...
Topics: californialightandsound, Kerby, Bill
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette